In endurance sports, once we add a pinch of ambition, we head towards a path of chasing improvement. Heart rate monitors, power meters, endless metrics and online tools. But what do we actually need to get better? Let’s dive into this.
There is no denying the powerful impact of setting goals! You might have heard that athletes who have a high ability set goals demonstrate better performance, optimal cognitive anxiety and higher levels of self-confidence and motivation. But did you know that there are different kinds of goals and that certain types of goals are more useful in improving your performance than others? If you want to take your training and racing to a higher level, keep reading. I’ll explain several goal setting strategies, their place in the design of your training program, and how you can excel toward your best potential this season!
Being an endurance athlete, you are most likely familiar with the four key components of your training program: Frequency, Duration, Intensity and Recovery. How to best determine, measure and implement the “right” workout intensity has been debated within sports scientists and coaches for decades. Measuring intensity is one of the most challenging aspects of endurance exercise.
Performing at your best and reaching your full potential…this seems too good to be true and something that is only withheld for pro athletes. It is not! Let me introduce you to the complete athlete. A step-by-step system that will help you improve your current situation and will allow you to unlock your full potential.
The off-season is just as important training phase as any other. Its primary purpose is to provide recovery from the physical and mental fatigue that accrued during the previous training and racing season. The second objective is to minimize the amount of detraining that occurs while still facilitating this all-important rejuvenation process. Achieving these goals will ensure you are prepared for the beginning of next season well rested, motivated, mentally fresh and injury free, while having minimized the decrement in your physical fitness. Striking the balance in the off-season between reduced training for recovery and enough to minimize detraining is a key to improving as an endurance athlete from year to year.
Longevity in endurance sports ability to perform in your sport throughout your life span, all while feeling confident in the process that you are building over time rather than just managing injuries and exhaustion. At first sight, high performance and longevity seem to be opposites. Long hours of training, lots of wear and tear on the body, injuries. To achieve true high performance that lasts and enriches our life, you need consistency. But why do so many people struggle to achieve the consistency needed for longevity? A lot of it has to do with impatience, unnecessary pressure from within, movement patterns and stress. Let’s dive into the world of longevity.
At Full-Spectrum (FS) Endurance, we do things differently. We take an athlete’s whole life into consideration, not just training units. We know that being an athlete requires much more than just the workouts. Yet in traditional coaching, these other determining factors rarely receive the attention that’s needed to become a long-term successful athlete.
Workouts are only one piece of the puzzle. Working out hard every day without eating right, without load management, and without stress management will not improve your performance. Not considering all factors that affect adaptation will hinder you in reaching your full potential, no matter whether you are aiming for life fitness or a world record.
There is rarely a thing triathletes can’t do. From early-bird sessions to racing in brutal conditions, triathletes are tough. In addition, they have to deal with many variables in life. Family, friends, job, swim training, bike training, run training, nutrition, strength training, and sleep. This is a lot and hats off to everyone who doesn’t …